It was the night before graduation ceremony. And it looked like there is something wrong in Cinderella’s house. Drizella, Cinderella’s step-sister ran with some paper in her hand. She looked like she wanted to go outside, and made her run faster every step. Cinderella glanced, but she knew what happened, Drizella was running with her written speech for the graduation ceremony.
Cinderella stopped with her chores and ran after Drizella, who run so fast that Cinderella left behind.
“Stop Drizella! What are you going to do with my speech?!” Cinderella shouted between her steps.
Drizella canceled her plan to go outside, now she went through the corridor, avoided Cinderella that blocked the way out. Unfortunately, she trapped in the corridor, there was a dead-end.
“Now, just give up and give me back my speech.” A grind appeared on Cinderella’s face, she had seen her victories.
Well, Drizella hadn’t figured out of idea yet, she teared up Cinderella’s speech text into pieces and shout at Cinderella: “It’s impossible for a child of a slave to become a valedictorian!” After she said that, she continued with laughing out loud, and Cinderella just stand there, with a surprised face after seeing her speech text transformed into pieces.
“What do you mean by that, huh? WHAT DO YOU MEAN BY THAT?!” Cinderella yelled at Drizella.
A door behind tem opened, Anastasia, their younger sister appeared. She looked panic seeing her sisters fighting.
“Um.. sist? What happened?” She panicked.
The two sisters just ignored Anastasia and kept shouting each other. Anastasia, of course became more panic and stared at mother’s room, which its door opened slowly, their mother then appeared.
“What happened here?” Their mother talked calmly, hid her anger seeing her children, in the midnight, arguing and fighting each other.
“She teared up my speech text!” Cinderella yelled so loud that it add anger for her step-mother.
“Is it true, Drizella?” Her mother asked Drizella.
“ That’s not true, mom, she suddenly ran after me without any reason!” Drizella pointed her finger to Cinderella.
“What kind of argument is that?” Cinderella looked trying very hard to hold her laugh.
“Um.. Cinderella, looked like you haven’t done with your chores. Why don’t you finish your chores first, and then calm down in your room until tomorrow, hm?” A grin now appeared on Drizella’s face, hearing her mother’s talk.
“What? That isn’t fair, and I must attend the graduation ceremony tomorrow! I must give a speech!” Cinderella started thinking that her step-mother now is so annoying that she hoped to punch her in the face badly.
Cinderella ended locked in her own room, and now, she felt very frustrated, she must think how to sneak from home tomorrow, to attend the graduation ceremony. There was no way she leave from the door, her step-mother won’t open it until tomorrow.
“Can I try ‘that’?” She talked to herself, remembering some romance film that she watched from the television. The people sneak from their house by get out from the window, using a bunch of fabric to make a rope and rappel until they step on the ground.
“Well,” She took a breath and started to collect all pieces of fabric she can use for her plan. If she wanted to go to the ceremony, she must start now.
Morning has come, she has finished her way out, she just waiting for her sister and mother leave to the school.
“I can’t believe I will use this.” She stared to the bunch of fabric, ready to use, held by her bed stand.
There was a sound of car leave from outside, “It’s the time.” Cinderella whispered to herself.
She opened the window widely, put the fabric outside, and she gulped before carefully put her bag, filled with some new speech she made, she stepped on the windows frame and started repelling outside.
Finally, after around a couple minutes, she finally stepped on the ground.
“Now, let’s think about how to go to school.” She took a deep breath.
Drizella and her mother just couldn’t stop smiling at the graduation, Cinderella won’t come to the school, she locked on her own room.
But, maybe God wasn’t at their side that time, when the MC shouted loud to call the best student this year, Cinderella, she came, with face full of sweat and a wide grin of course, that made Drizella and her mother’s smile disappeared.
“Good morning, guys.” Cinderella started her speech.
Borobudur, in Java, Indonesia, is one of the world’s most impressive temples. Sitting on each level are 72 stupas, each containing a Buddha figure, just visible through the latticework perforations. It’s as if each is strapped into his own private module and awaiting spiritual lift-off – an extraordinary spectacle that is, literally, the crowning glory of this significant religious monument.
Even if the focus of your trip to Indonesia is wildlife, it would be a rare opportunity missed if you failed to visit the Buddhist temple of Borobudur, set amid misty, jungle-clad hills near the city of Yogyakarta in Central Java. The structure was built in about 800AD, 300 years before Angkor Wat in Cambodia, in the form of a stepped pyramid.
A series of five square bases is succeeded by three circular terraces ringed by those 72 stupas, representing the spiritual journey from the life of desire, through meditation to Nirvana. While viewed from above the whole resembles the sacred lotus flower.
Borobudur is a vast structure. It consists of two million blocks of lava rock, reaches 115ft at its highest point and features nearly 1,500 carved story panels and 504 statues of the Buddha. But after being abandoned, possibly in the 14th century, it quickly became invisible beneath layers of tropical foliage and volcanic ash. Sir Stamford Raffles, the British Governor General of Java, re-discovered the temple in 1814 and after extensive restoration by Unesco in the late 20th century it was designated a World Heritage Site.
The landscape around Yogyakarta, dominated by the Gunung Merapi volcano, is a sacred one, for Borobudur is merely the most renowned among many ancient temples.
The next most significant is another Unesco World Heritage Site, the 9th and 10th century Hindu complex of Prambanan, with its principal temples dedicated to Vishnu, Shiva and Brahma and hundreds of surrounding shrines. A tourist “train” takes you to outlying temple complexes and all in all there are more than 500 monuments on the site. Some have been restored but many remain as rubble, giving an idea of the size of the archaeological task still to complete.
Borobudur and Prambanan can get overrun with tourists, especially around Christmas and in the domestic holiday season of mid June to mid July. But lesser temples around Yogyakarta, such as Pawon, Mendut, Plaosan Lor and Kalasan, attract few visitors, retaining an air of contemplation and peace.
Prambanan temple, Alamy
- The Borobudur site is open 6am-5pm, admission USD20, but you can gain earlier access with a “sunrise ticket”, available through the Manohara Hotel (manoharaborobudur.com/package/) for Rp380,000, about £20.
- A local guide within the temple (recommended) costs Rp75,000, about £3.75.
- Prambanan is also open 6am-5pm, admission USD17.
- Reef and Rainforest offers visits to visit Borobudur, Prambanan and the other temples mentioned, as part of a package, for an additional £285 per person including return flight, Jakarta-Yogyakarta, accommodation with breakfast at the Plataran Resort & Spa (0062 293 788 888; plataran.com/area/Borobudur), private vehicle and guide and entrance fees.